Interested in Language
She’s lost a word
and searches for it everywhere-
behind the sofa, at the back
of dusty cupboards and drawers.
She picks through the rubbish sacks.
Under the carpet she finds lots of others
she’d forgotten she’d swept under the there
but not the one she’s looking for.
The trouble is it’s small – only two letters
though no less valuable for that.
She stands racking her brains
for the last time she used it
but all that comes to mind
are failed attempts
when here mouth was full
of someone else’s tongue.
would you please help me in the following :
1) How does the underline portion of the above poem suggest that she is so preoccupied in domestic work that she has lost / forgotten a word or how does searching sofa, cupboard etc shows that she is preoccupied in domestic work.
2) Whats the meaning of "no less valuable" in the above pem. What does "that" refer to here.
3) Is "racking" an adverbial adjective here.
thanks & regards
No less valuable for that
The word is small (short), consisted of only two letters, but the shortness can not lower its value.
Rack one's brains means to be puzzled with something (cudgel one's brains, beat brains, worry one's head)
hope I make sense.